Published November 16, 2015 by Fox23
Governor Mary Fallin says Oklahoma will not stop accepting Syrian refugees but urges President Obama to suspend the US acceptance of the program.
“The Obama administration needs to assure the public that the background checks they are doing are rigorous, and that American lives will not be endangered in the process,” said Fallin. “Until then, I call on the Obama administration to suspend any Syrian refugees into the United States. During these uncertain times, the Obama administration needs to make sure those entering the United States are not terrorists. During a U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing last week, FBI Director James Comey said there is a risk bringing anybody in from the outside, but especially from a conflict zone like Syria. The American people need to be assured that national security will not be compromised,” said Fallin. “We must maintain a strict verification process against possible terrorists.”
Some states have already announced plans to stop accepting refugees. The governor said she has confidence in the two refugee processing affiliates in the state. Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City and Catholic Charities in Tulsa have the responsibility of placing refugees in the state.
Since 2012, three refugees from Syria have been placed in Jenks, according to information from Catholic Charities in Tulsa and the U.S. Department of State. The three, aged 50, 44 and 14, were brought to Jenks to live with family members.
Catholic Charities in Tulsa and in Oklahoma City predominantly only assist refugees seeking family reunification.
“Oklahomans have welcomed refugees escaping religious persecution for many years and will continue to do so,” Fallin said.Follow @FortySixNews